property taxes

Just Two Days After Winning Runoff, Valdez Dinged on Overdue Property Taxes

By Bethany Erickson / May 24, 2018 / 3 Comments
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We’ve heard it before — after all, when you write about real estate, you do spend a fair amount of time talking about how difficult and expensive it is to pay property taxes: It’s not always easy to be a property owner in Texas. We’ve talked about why property taxes are climbing. But Lupe Valdez, newly […]

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Tax Fights Fueling Sentry’s Growth

By Joshua Baethge / February 7, 2018 / 1 Comment

Dallas Central Appraisal District staff saw Stephen White a lot last year. The founder and president of Sentry Real Estate Advisors spent hours in the musty DCAD building researching property appraisals. His goal was to help clients fight their perpetually increasing property tax bills. He expects to be even busier this year. “With the new […]

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How Will New Federal Income Tax Laws About Property Tax Deductions Affect a TRE?

By Bethany Erickson / January 17, 2018 / 1 Comment

It’s a drum several Dallas ISD trustees have been beating for a while — a Tax Ratification Election that would allow the district to increase services and programs at dozens of at-risk schools with the money raised by increasing property taxes rates. But they’ve yet to get it on the ballot.

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Do You Really Want to Deduct Your 2018 Property Taxes?

By Bethany Erickson / January 4, 2018 / 3 Comments
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Over the  Christmas-to-New-Years week, a steady question was being asked all over Texas, thanks to the new tax bill signed by President Donald Trump last month — “Can I pay my 2018 property taxes early to take advantage of one last deduction?” The answer is well, yes and no. The Internal Revenue Service released an […]

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Latest Federal Tax Plan Bites Home and Second Home Owners

By Jon Anderson / November 8, 2017 / 2 Comments

Here’s the net-net of the proposed Republican plan to “lower” our taxes. Mortgage interest deductions would be capped at mortgages $500,000 or less (half the current $1 million) for primary residences. Mortgage interest deductions for second homes would simply vanish. You may be thinking this doesn’t sound bad and you may be mostly right.  While […]

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Dallas ISD Property Tax School Board Meeting Postponed

By Bethany Erickson / August 4, 2017 / 0 Comments
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A special Dallas ISD school board meeting scheduled for Saturday to discuss increasing the property tax rate has been postponed, largely because of exorbitant cost estimates for the date picked for a potential vote. “In consultation with Board President Dan Micciche, the called board meeting for tomorrow, Saturday, August 5, has been postponed,” the district […]

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